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ELEANOR SKILLEN SCHOOL 34: Our pre-kindergarten through sixth grade curriculum is multi-cultural and child-centered, where teacher collaboration and team teaching throughout the grades are key. A wide variety of teaching strategies and learning methods are used by our teachers. This enriched learning environment is designed to prepare our students to be enrolled, enlisted, or employed.

OUR TRADITIONS: For the past 123 years, Eleanor Skillen has been serving the Bean Creek Community. We provide a rigorous curriculum for a diverse population at 34. All decisions are made in the best interest of students. We see our responsibility to educate and empower our students as our primary mission, but we also see a greater responsibility to our local community. As a true neighborhood school, we look for ways to impact our students through supporting families with our food pantry, adult classes, and continued outreach. At 34, we value all members of our school community and work diligently to maintain our motto as ”The Kindest School in Town!” We hope you choose to join our Eleanor Skillen family.

ACTS OF KINDNESS: Acts of Kindness are announced daily to encourage our students and staff to do kind things throughout the school day. Students, staff, and parents receive an act of kindness for helping others, showing respect, listening, showing empathy, being a good citizen, and supporting each other. Our school averages around 2,000 Acts of Kindness every year.

WILDCAT CHARACTER TRAITS: Every month we focus on a character trait as a school. Teachers lead community circles every morning promoting this trait, our social worker does a peace lesson. There is also a school wide assembly at the end of the month. At the assembly each teacher picks a student from their classroom that exhibited that character trait and they are recognized in front of the entire school. Their picture is taken and is displayed in the front entry way until the next month. The character traits that we focus on are kindness, upstanders, empathy, mindfulness, problem solving, friendship skills, honesty, and gratefulness.

SCHOOL MISSION: Eleanor Skillen is transforming lives by empowering all students to think critically and productively while embracing kindness. Our staff, parents, and community are dedicated to the intellectual, emotional, and social growth of our students. Our highly qualified staff recognizes the value of professional development in order to rigorously challenge students. Our teaching practices are both reflective and responsive to the needs of our students. Through diversified experiences, our students will discover their potential and succeed in a safe and caring environment.

SCHOOL VISION: At Eleanor Skillen School 34, we are developing kind and compassionate leaders, innovators, problem solvers, and productive citizens in our ever-changing world.

STUDENT PLEDGE: As a School #34 Wildcat, I pledge to be a safe, responsible, and respectful scholar.


  • We are kind.
  • We are student focused.
  • We have high expectations.
  • We persevere.
  • We learn everyday.

LIKE to our IPS Eleanor Skillen Facebook Page. You will get an inside view of all the amazing events, staff, and students. We are truly a special neighborhood school that focuses on spreading kindness in our building and in our community. You will find a home away from home at Eleanor Skillen. We hope you choose to be part of our Eleanor Skillen Family.

VISIT ELEANOR SKILLEN: Please come visit our school. Call our Main Office (317.226.4234 / M-F / 9am-4:30pm) and schedule a tour. We would be happy to meet and answer any questions you have.